Rowing was one of the founding sports at UC Irvine in 1965 and the Women’s Program was added in 1991. In 2009, Rowing was cut from the athletics department and as a response, a group of alumni and students fought to keep the program at the University. Transitioning the teams to fall under Campus Recreation, Friends of UC Irvine Rowing was founded to financially support the clubs and ensure that rowing would remain an institution at UCI.
Friends of UC Irvine Rowing became a California non-profit corporation, filed with the IRS as a 501(c)(3) charity to receive tax-deductible contributions, and named a Board of Directors.
Each year Friends of UCI Rowing raises a large portion of its budget through donations from alumni, boosters, parents, and families. We encourage all Alumni and other Friends to demonstrate their support for the program by attending UCI rowing events, supporting our coaches in the development of fine student-athletes, providing financial and other material support to the program, and answering the call when additional help is needed.
If you’re interested in helping the Men’s or Women’s Program in this way, then please contribute any amount that you can.
Does your company offer a charitable contribution match incentive? Please check with your HR department to see if you can get them to double your giving. They will need our Tax ID number to verify our charitable status: 27-0763131. A little extra effort can go a long way!